Man Shot around 7:50pm Monday Night at New Hampshire Ave and Hamilton St, NW

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From MPD:

“Around 7:50 pm this evening, units responded for a call for a shooting at New Hampshire Ave and Hamilton St NW. Units located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Detectives are actively investigating this matter. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”


Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred in the unit block of Hamilton Street, Northwest.

On Monday, May 27, 2013, at approximately 7:50 pm, units from the Fourth District responded to the unit block of Hamilton Street, NW for the report of shooting. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded and transported the victim to an area hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, the adult male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent is identified as 22-year-old Rhett Gelb of Takoma Park, Maryland.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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  • Darn…getting close to my house, about 4 blocks away on Hamilton. Does anyone think this could be related to all the recent shootings down between Taylor through Buchanan Streets?

  • is this normal in this area? I just bought a house in Lamond Riggs neighborhood and I am moving in in a month, my heart sank into my stomach when I saw this on the DC alerts Twitter last night.

    • We’ve lived at 1st and Longfellow since 2008 and I think we’ve heard gunshots four or five times since then. There is nonsense anywhere, but these are great neighborhoods for the most part. There are a few houses I would like to see transition sooner rather than later, but I walk all around that area with our dog and I have never felt unsafe. We know our neighbors, people are friendly, parking is easy and you can sleep with the windows open. It’s like the best of the city and the suburbs mixed into one.

    • This is quite far (relatively speaking) from Lamond Riggs.

      • your right, I mapped it and it is exactly a mile from my new house, but a mile none the less, still scary!

        • Honestly you will need to come to terms with stuff like this happening within a mile of your house *all the time*. A mile radius is a big area and there is still a ton of crime in DC.

        • A mile is really faraway as far as crime is concerned.

  • Huh – I live only 2 blocks away and didn’t hear the shots, but sure heard the response. I thought there was a three alarm fire in one of the apartment buildings in the are or something.

    • Same…this is basically right on top of my house and I didn’t hear any shots, but loads of sirens

  • Should this be Monday night? I know I mixed up the days w/ the holiday weekend, too…

  • Please post any additional details, anyone!

  • There are definitely quite a few rough edges in this neighborhood.

  • there is a lot of non-sense going on in that area by that shopping plaza. only a matter of time this happens again.

  • It tends to be a quiet neighborhood aside from the sirens from area hospitals. The market on NH is sketchy…but I wouldn’t go around there at night regardless .

  • I’ve been hearing either gunshots or firecrackers regularly for a couple weeks, around 2nd between Farragut and Gallatin. Figured they were firecrackers when I heard them at dusk a couple times, but then I heard them at 3 AM on a workday…not that the gentlemen of my neighborhood recognize the concept of a “workday”.

  • The victim and female passenger were car jacked. Victim was shot in his head, lost his life.

    • Is that true?? That’s a lot worse than I imagined (not that any shooting is a good thing).

      Why wouldn’t MPD announce it as a carjacking? And the text alert said look out for a silver sedan with VA or MD tags – did they leave the car behind ?

    • Do you have a source? I’m having trouble finding much coverage on this.

  • it wasnt a carjacking. the lady said a man walked up and shot him. people around callled the police. there car was still there

  • I don’t even know, all this construction nearby, I can’t tell the difference between construction noise and gunshots. Scary stuff.

  • Yes, it was a car jacking. It was my niece and her boyfriend. She is the one that called the police. A car bumped the back of them, passenger got out into the back of their escalade. They have the driver not the shooter.

    • Sorry, ill clarify. My niece and her boyfriend were driving, a car bumped the back of their Escalade, the passenger of the car got out and got into the back seat of their Escalade. My niece had a gun to her head, she was told to run. The boyfriend got out too, he was shot above his eye. Then was robbed of everything in his pockets. He was still breathing when my niece called the police. He died later at hospital. So yes, maybe not a car jacking, but a car jacking gone wrong. My niece identified the car, they have the driver, not the shooter.

  • It was my friend that was shot on Hamilton st.

  • Hope they catch the guy. Rhett was a wonderful human being and will be missed by many.

  • that was like my bro some one need to give up the man that did this cause he did not do anything to have this happen to him.. we want the man that took him so give him up… cause that person should burn for want he or she did to us an i mean that from my hart and soul………….

  • I miss him there’s not a day I don’t miss him.He’s one of my family’s closest friend he was like a brother to me and I love him so very much.

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